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  1. Darius Shahrokh. Abdu'l-Bahá: The Mystery of God (1992). Overview of the life of Abdu'l-Bahá.
  2. Darius Shahrokh. Ahmad, The Flame of Fire (1992). History of the recipient of the Tablet of Ahmad, extracted from an article by Hand of the Case Jinab-i-Abu'l-Qasim-i-Faizi in Bahá'í News, 1967.
  3. Fariborz Sahba. Art and Architecture: A Bahá'í Perspective (1997). This essay explores the spiritual significance of the relationship between traditional and new forms of artistic expression from the author’s experience as an architect.
  4. Bahá'í Inspiration. Báb's Business Etiquette, The. Anecdote about how the Bab changed unseemly business practices while he was a merchant in Bushihr, as quoted by Mirza Habibu'llah Afnan.
  5. Anthony Hill. Baha'i: A Look into the World's Newest Religion, and Why Followers Find it Appealing (2022). TV news report summarizing Baha'i history and practice, and breaking the fast with some Baha'is in Florida.
  6. Alan's Theory. Baha'i: The Religion of the Future (2021). Very short introduction to the Bahá'í Faith from a presenter who interviewed a Bahá'í couple.
  7. Baha'i Architect (82) Receives Honorary Degree: Transcript (2024). Graduation ceremony at the University of British Columbia honoring Dr. Hossein Amanat, architect of the Seat of the Universal House of Justice, who shares his insightful perspective.
  8. Darius Shahrokh. Bahá'í Holy Days (1992). Selection of Writings about or related to the Holy Days, and overview of the meanings and rituals for specific festivals.
  9. Jerome Socolovsky. Baha'is Mark Centenary of Visit to America by Religious Leader (2012). Short TV report on the Bahá'í Faith, Abdu'l-Baha's visit, and Persian believers.
  10. QED Communications. Bahai: A Documentary on Lotus Temple (2012).
  11. Darius Shahrokh and Grace Shahrokh. Basics of the Bahá'í Faith (1994). Comprehensive summary of Bahai history and teachings, distributed by Images International as a 35-page booklet. Transcript available in both English and Persian.
  12. Darius Shahrokh. Covenant, The (1995). Overview of two covenants: one with all Prophets regarding the next Manifestation, specifically the Covenant of the Bab; and Bahá'u'lláh's Covenant protecting the divine word from human interference and safeguarding the unity of Bahá'ís and all humankind.
  13. Grace Shahrokh. Early Believers in the West, Some (1992). Stories of Thornton Chase, John David Bosch, Lua Moore Getsinger, May Ellis Bolles Maxwell, William Sutherland Maxwell, Thomas Breakwell, John Ebenezer Esslemont, George Townshend, and Horace Hotchkiss Holley.
  14. Darius Shahrokh. Fadl-i-Qa'ini: The Tamed Phoenix (1992). History of an early Bahá'í, teacher of Mirza Abu'l-Fadl Gulpaygani, and in whose honor the Lawh-i-Hikmat was revealed.
  15. Darius Shahrokh. Fadl-i-Shirazi: Guided By Dreams (1992). Life story of an early believer; content derived from the Persian book Masabih-i-Hidayat by Aziz'u'llah Sulaymani.
  16. Faith and Works: Maoris and the Baha'i Faith (1995). The transcript of an interview with two New Zealand Bahá'ís, Huti Toataua and Hedi Moani, aired by the New Zealand National Radio show "Faith and Works" (May, 1995) on "the growing relationship between the Maori community and the Bahá'í Faith."
  17. Darius Shahrokh. Glimpse of Glory, A: Stories of the Life of Baha'u'llah (1992). Anecdotes about some early followers of Bahá'u'lláh, and the circumstances of his own life.
  18. Cameron Sabet. Harmony of Science and Religion, The: A Baha'i Perspective (2018). TED talk by a Maryland high school student on the Baha'i concept of unity, knowledge, cultural historical perspectives, modern secular society, and the education of children.
  19. Darius Shahrokh. History of Baha'u'llah and the Uniqueness of the Bahá'í Faith (1994). Overview of the life and writings of Bahá'u'lláh, with an epilogue on how the Bahá'í Faith differs from previous religions.
  20. Darius Shahrokh. History of the Báb (1994). Biography of the Bab, distributed by Images International as a 34-page booklet.
  21. Leroy Ioas. In the Days of the Guardian (1958). Includes the well-known comments by Shoghi Effendi about his reactions to being appointed Guardian.
  22. Religion World Talks. Lotus Temple, New Delhi: The Gates of God (2022). Transcript prepared by Doug Couper from video online at youtube.com/watch?v=btsZgVATAHQ.
  23. Darius Shahrokh. Mírzá Abu'l-Fadl: The Greatest Scholar (1992). Lengthy biography of an early scholar, whose writings Persian Bahá'ís often consider as ranking second to the Holy Writings and the writings of Shoghi Effendi.
  24. Darius Shahrokh. Mulla Husayn Bushru'i: The Indomitable (1992). Life story of the first believer in the Bab.
  25. Darius Shahrokh. Mulla Rida: The Indestructible (1992). Extracts from the Persian book Masabih-i-Hidayat, by Azizu'llah-i-Sulaymani, about a famous life-long teacher of the Faith in Iran.
  26. Darius Shahrokh and Grace Shahrokh. Mystery of Martyrdom, The (1992). Life stories of many early martyrs, and some explanations of what inspires self-sacrifice.
  27. Darius Shahrokh. Obedience (1995). The meanings of infallibility, obedience to Bahá'u'lláh, the covenant of God with humanity, and the paradox of law being the instrument of liberation, not limitation.
  28. Religion For Breakfast. Pilgrimage or Tourism at the Baha'i Gardens? (2018).
  29. Robert E. Hayden and Douglas Ruhe et al. Place of Poetry in Religion and Society, The: An Interview of Robert E. Hayden with Douglas Ruhe (2014). Introduction by Hatcher to the life of Hayden (2014); transcript of a talk between Hayden and Douglas Ruhe in 1975 on the future of poetry, transcendence, American destiny, important American poets, the Library of Congress, and Bahá'í spirituality.
  30. Darius Shahrokh. Shaykh Hasan-i-Zunuzi: The Promises Fulfilled (1992). Life story of an early follower of Shaykhs Ahmad and Rashti, who also met both the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh.
  31. Grace Shahrokh and Darius Shahrokh. Shoghi Effendi: The Sign of God on Earth (1998). The Guardian's life, his station, his accomplishments, and his passing.
  32. Darius Shahrokh. Significance of the Kitab-i-Aqdas (1993). History and background of the Aqdas; circumstances of its revelation; the text itself; authority and infallibility of Bahá'u'lláh; obedience vs. liberty; reward vs. punishment; prophecies; laws and ordinances; maturity of humankind.
  33. Ruhiyyih (Mary Maxwell) Khanum. Speaking in Edinburgh (1981). Address at Edinburgh Bahá'í Centre. Includes discussion of Shoghi Effendi in Scotland and the eagle and pillar at his resting place.
  34. Houri Falahi-Skuce. Story of Anis Zunuzi, The (2020). Links to 53-minute video presentation with original music and narration. Includes transcript.
  35. Darius Shahrokh. Tahirih, Letter of the Living, and Khadijih Bagum, Wife of the Báb (1992). Life stories of two key heroines of Bábí history.
  36. Mohammad Khatami. Transcript of interview with Iranian President Mohammad Khatami (1998). Khatami praises American civilization, defends Iran and Islam, and laments the 'confrontation between religion and liberty which is to the detriment of religion, liberty, and the human beings who deserve to have both'; no mention of Baha'i.
  37. Moojan Momen. Understanding Bahá'í History: Introduction to the study of history (2013). Video and transcript, prepared for the Wilmette Institute, about how to approach and understand the study of history, biases of eyewitnesses, and the subjective construction of facts.
  38. Bahá'í World News Service. United Kingdom: Restoration Project Honors enduring impact of 'Abdu'l-Bahá's Message of Peace (2024). Story on the restoration of an apartment now open for public visits in Bristol, UK, where Abdu'l-Baha stayed and gave public presentations in 1911 and 1913.
  39. Darius Shahrokh. Varqa and Son: The Heavenly Doves (1992). History of the family of Varqa, the only family with the distinction of having a grandfather, a father, and a son all named Hand of the Cause.
  40. Madeleine Kapsalis. We Shouldn't Be Afraid to Talk about Religion (2022). Excerpt from a longer talk, describing a Christian's interfaith encounter with Bahá'ís and being invited to teach Sunday school at Wilmette.
  41. Drew Binsky. What Is Baha'i?: World's Newest Major Religion (2020).
  42. I Am Your Target Demographic. What is the Baha'i Faith?: History, overview, and more! (2022).
  43. Mason Stahl. Who are the Bahá'ís?: The Forgotten 4th Abrahamic Faith (2019). An introductory educational video on the history and community of Bahá'ís, the 4th (or 5th) Abrahamic religion with several million followers worldwide and communities in nearly every nation.
  44. Darius Shahrokh. Grace Shahrokh, comp. Windows to the Past (1992). Deepening talks on 25 topics about Bahá'í history and teachings, downloadable in MP3 audio format and PDF transcripts.
  45. Darius Shahrokh. Zoroaster: Baha'u'llah's Ancestor (1992). Overview of Zoroastrianism, its place in the history of revelation, and its writings.
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